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Yerevan to transfer the World Book Capital title to Bangkok on April 23.

Yerevan. There are only a few days left before completion of the action "Yerevan. World Book Capital, 2012". The capital of

Yerevan was awarded this title in April 2012. The republic saw a number of events, exhibitions, forums and conferences dedicated to

books. The action coincided with the 500th anniversary of Armenian book printing, therefore, a lot of Armenian manuscripts and printed

books were exhibited in a number of countries.

An exhibition in Venice marked the beginning of "Yerevan. World Book Capital, 2012". It demonstrated 200 Armenian books

from the Matenadaran Depository of Ancient Manuscripts museums and libraries of Europe. The first Armenian printed book -

"Urbatagirk" - was published in Venice in 1512. Similar exhibitions were also held in other European cities, where Armenian books were


Armenia participated in a total of 14 international book exhibitions and fairs and held 12 exhibitions abroad. In addition,

Yerevan hosted open-air reading festivals.

The closing event will be held on April 20 at the Yerevan Municipality. On April 21-23 an Armenian delegation headed by

Acting Armenian Culture Minister Hasmik Poghosyan will pay a visit to Bangkok to transfer the title of the World Book Capital 2013 to


Nerses Ter-Vardanyan, Advisor to Armenian Culture Minister, told ArmInfo that Armenia will present two interesting projects

in Bangkok. The first project entitled "See you Armenia" by Arno Kur features the portraits of famous writers made of Armenian letters.

It is noteworthy that during the proclamation of Bangkok as the World Book Capital 2013 Arno Kur will make similar portraits for

anyone who feels like it.

The author of the second project is David Minasyan, who united 12 works in one sculpture, namely, "Divine Comedy" by

Dante Alighieri, "Uncle Styopa" by Sergey Mikahlkov, "Master and Margaret" by Mikhail Bulgakov, "Alice's Adventures in

Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll, "The Dog and the Cat" by Hovhannes Tumanyan, "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint Exupery,

"Notre-Dame de Paris" by Victor Hugo, "The Gold Calf" by Ilph and Petrov, "Adventures of Cipollino" by Gianni Rodari, "The

Adventures of Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens, "The Meeting of Mice" by Khnko Aper and "The Adventures of Gulliver" by Jonathan


The festive ceremony will take place on April 23, the World Book and Copyright Day.

To recall, the following capitals were World Book Capitals before Yerevan: Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi

(2003), Antwerpen (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010) and

Buenos Aires (2011).

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Date:Apr 13, 2013
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